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Foundation for Agriculture to Announce New Book of the Year at Annual Convention

News / FBNews December 11, 2018

The American Farm Bureau Foundation for Agriculture will announce its 12th Book of the Year on Sunday, Jan. 13, at the AFBF Annual Convention & IDEAg Trade Show in New Orleans, Louisiana. The winning book will be revealed at the annual Flapjack Fundraiser breakfast, where attendees will receive a free copy of the book provided by Farm Bureau Bank.

The author of the new Book of the Year will be in attendance to accept the award at the 7:45 a.m. breakfast event. Following the Flapjack Fundraiser, the Book of the Year author will be signing books at the Farm Bureau Bank booth in the Trade Show from 10:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. and 2:30-4:00 p.m. Copies of the book, educator guides and a new Ag Mag also will be available.

The Book of the Year award springs from the Foundation’s effort to identify “accurate ag books,” a collection of more than 400 books for children, teenagers and adults that accurately cover agricultural topics. In addition to their accuracy, Book of the Year selections are educational, reflect farmers’ and ranchers’ love for the land and what they do, create positive public perceptions about agriculture, inspire readers to learn more and touch their readers’ lives as well as tell the farmer’s story.

Previous Book of the Year selections are “John Deere, That’s Who!” by Tracy Nelson Maurer, “Sleep Tight Farm” by Eugenie Doyle, “First Peas to the Table” by Susan Grigsby, “The Apple Orchard Riddle” by Margaret McNamara, “The Beeman” by Laurie Krebs and “The Guardian Team: On the Job with Rena and Roo” by Cat Urbigkit. The full list of the Book of the Year winners is here.

Christy Lilja, the Foundation’s executive director, said the 12th Book of the Year would continue the high standards of these previous selections.

“Each of the Book of the Year selections has been unique in its audience or its approach to storytelling or teaching about farming and ranching, but each and every book does a great job of educating people about agriculture and how it affects everyone’s lives,” Lilja said. “The next Book of the Year, which has already been selected but won’t be announced until Flapjack Fundraiser, will carry on that tradition of revealing something people probably didn’t know about agriculture, in the book’s distinct way.”

The pancake breakfast will be emceed by Foundation board members Bill Belzer of Corteva Agriscience and Renee McCauley from the American Farm Bureau Promotion & Education Committee. The Flapjack Fundraiser is an incredibly popular Annual Convention event. Tickets, which can be purchased through the Annual Convention registration system, are $40 per individual or $460 for a reserved table for 10.

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